Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

So today Accept everything about yourself – everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. Repeat after me: I accept myself. I love myself. I forgive myself for what I didn’t know until I learned it.

No matter what you need to do to accomplish your goals, achieve your dreams, or  just get through the day, you do it by approving of yourself first and last. Easy? I don’t know about you but it was one of the hardest shifts in mindset that I have had to cultivate. And oh so worth it. So you start and end your phrases with “I accept myself” or “I approve of myself” – in effect, you sandwich your thoughts, whatever they may be, in between two powerful phrases that begin to train your mind to think differently about yourself – perhaps with more compassion and even, dare we say, love?

Remember that you are not taking away the hard work, the overcoming of difficulties, the realities of your life, and even the fact that you can improve and get better and grow stronger and wiser and happier, you are simply supporting it all with the power of self-approval and self-acceptance, instead of self-criticism. So long as you are combining the power of positive affirmations with the necessary actions to achieve your goals, they work.

But that’s for you to decide. If you happen to decide to believe in them, then I’m thrilled for the possibilities that are in front of you. You will begin to feel better after the first day once you realize just how often you criticize and blame and degrade yourself. Now go! Go do this right now, go change that negative toxic self-talk in your head and learn one of the most powerful lessons that they should’ve taught us in kindergarten:

Love yourself.
Approve of yourself.
Accept yourself.

Peace and Love, Jim

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